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Jun 27, 2023

"Selling Sunset" Fashion: Why Is Everyone Suddenly Wearing Gloves?

If you, like me, have

If you, like me, have been bingeing the latest season of "Selling Sunset," you may have noticed a new character has entered the building — it's gloves.

"Selling Sunset," a show that is marginally about real estate but is mostly about a group of women competing to see who can wear the most work-inappropriate clothes to a business function, seems to have developed a cult-like obsession with hand accessories.

In any case, the gloves are very much dominating.

The women have worn everything from driving gloves to mid-length opera gloves, and also whatever strange and confining shirt + glove contraptions Amanza Smith consistently seems to don.

You could say that the "Selling Sunset" is the opposite of the "Succession" aesthetic. If the Roy family is quiet luxury, expressed through cashmere and Loro Piana loafers, the women of "Selling Sunset" apply a TGIFridays level of wreckless color and flare to their wardrobe.

According to stylist Sammie M who works with agents Smith and Mary Fitzgerald, the women on the show are "out for themselves, and they're just trying to step it up because of how social media is now."

In other words, in the attention economy, attention is more important than comfort.

Take Chelsea Lazkani, for instance, seen here in a soft pink latex Kwaidan trench ($1,771) and $847 Ottolinger Pink Twisted-Frame Sunglasses. She was filming this scene at the end of August when temperatures in Los Angeles spiked into the 90s and at times hit over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

All of which is to say, the gloves may have provided extra jazz to their outfits, but they couldn't have been comfortable or practical. And in the case of Amanza's several glove-meets-shirt arrangements, they hardly seem sanitary either. Imagine being at a club or restaurant (or in Amanza's case, a broker's open) and having to pee. This is a delicate conversation, but this all seems a bit unsanitary, no? Does she put gloves on her gloves?

In any case, we have gotten the memo. If the Oppenheim Group is, in fact, in bed with Big Glove, they've completed the mission of indoctrinating us with this new trend. Women of "Selling Sunset," blink twice if you need us to help you get out.

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